SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — State transportation officials say they'll conduct a study that will examine the feasibility of replacing a stretch of Interstate 81 running through Syracuse with a tunnel.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( ) Department of Transportation officials told an audience at a public information meeting Wednesday night that data about the economic impacts of the I-81 replacement project and a tunnel feasibility study will be part of a draft environmental impact statement that will come out early next year.

Word about the tunnel study comes two months after DOT officials rejected three tunnel options because the cost.

The agency has narrowed its options for replacing the aging 1.4-mile elevated highway in downtown Syracuse. It could either replace the elevated highway with an improved version, or it could re-route I-81's through traffic around the city on Interstate 481.


Information from: The Post-Standard,